Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 2, 2012

“PHRE Class of 2012″ advice for PHRE majors

Members of the Spring 2012 Philosophy and Religion Senior Seminar recently devoted a class meeting to the offering of advice for PHRE majors.  Included below are some of the bits of sage wisdom that they had:

Senior Seminar preparation

  • Try to get in to the specific required PHRE courses as soon as possible
  • Try to have a light course load in the semester you take Senior Seminar
  • Have the sense of a trajectory toward Senior Seminar so that you are prepared for your Senior Seminar topic
  • Think in advance about the selection of your Senior Seminar thesis director and topic
  • Regularly put files in the Truman portfolio vault for future use
  • Be pragmatic about the direction of your thesis project

Course planning

  • Take early on the courses in logic and Methods & Theories in Religious Studies
  • Take a course early on in the “other” area (philosophy or religious studies) that you don’t think you are interested in (but may be)
  • Take courses from a diversity of faculty, who have differing methodologies and interests
  • Make a multi-year plan using the course listings on the PHRE website
  • Distribute well your LSP, PHRE courses in your plan

General course-taking tips

  • Get comfortable doing a lot of writing
  • Develop a thick skin and a willingness to learn from constructive criticism
  • Write down one comment you want to make / one question you want to ask in preparation for each of your class sessions
  • Budget your time for assignments early on
  • Anticipate the density of PHRE readings, and allow yourself enough time to do the reading slowly and carefully

Research and the general scholarly life

  • Save up for applications for grad school
  • Don’t limit yourself to a single database for research (for example, JSTOR)– take the library science course to learn about the library’s resources
  • Use Google Alerts to keep abreast of new development in your topics of interest
  • Take advantage of the extracurricular activities promoted in the PHREmail email list
  • Go to NCUR
  • Talk to your fellow majors– make friends in the major
May 1, 2012

Columbia College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference call for papers

Columbia College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Columbia, Mo.
Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome!

All abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2012
3,000 word limit for all papers
There is no fee to attend the conference.

Event sponsored by the Columbia College Philosophy Club and the Department of Humanities

Direct inquiries and submissions to:
Dr. Melanie Johnson-Moxley

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts and papers should be submitted as Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text (.rtf)
email attachments, sent to

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
The author’s name, institution and paper title should be included with the abstract. All abstracts must be received by Saturday, September 1st.

Papers should not exceed 3,000 words.
(20 minutes will be allotted for paper presentation.)
The author’s name, institution, paper title and word count should appear on the first page.
Papers for the Whitehead track only must be received by Monday, October 1st.
An electronic copy of all other papers should be sent no later than Thursday, October 18th.

Notifications will be sent by Monday, Sept. 10th. Additional information for travelers will be sent with notification.

Updates will be posted on the Philosophy Club website: